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An Isler who married a Sarah Willson, Pa or SC, (c) 1770s
Posted by: James Wilson Jr (ID *****7737) Date: July 14, 2002 at 09:50:34
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I am looking for any info about a man named Isler who married a Sarah Willson sometime around 1770-1780 in the Harrisburg, (Lancaster Co.) Pennsylvania area. From the 1798 will of Sarah's father, Joseph Willson, I know that her married name was Sarah Isler. Her YOB was about 1752-1755 so she likely married around 1770-1780. She was born in Hanover township, Lancaster Co., Pa. and her family was Presbyterian and of Ulster-Scot origin. The part of Lancaster Co., Pa. where she was born and raised, became Dauphin Co., Pa. in 1785. Her family's farm was about twelve miles east of Harrisburg, Pa. I have searched land, tax, and church records for that area which are numerous, but I have not found an Isler or Isler family there. When I started checking Isler (and all the variations) postings and forums, it became apparent that there was an early concentration in the Carolinas. Then I remembered that Sarah Willson's brother, Robert Willson, with his new wife, Esther (Parks), had moved from Lancaster County, Pa. to an area in South Carolina (where the Broad river is near the North Carolina border). This would be in the area of the Cherokee or York counties of SC today. Her brother made this move in 1765. Then, ten years later (1775), he moved his family back to Lancaster Co., Pa. Now I am wondering if his sister, Sarah Willson, might have accompanied him and perhaps married an Isler while in the Carolinas area? Perhaps she remained there? Of course, she could have married in Pa. too, and the couple simply moved westward. Without having Isler's first name, I know there is not much to work with but if any Isler family researcher or otherwise interested person, recognizes this man from the circumstances and what data I have given, I would be interested in hearing from you. I will accept hunches, guesses, and speculation along with any facts. Thanks. Jim Wilson ><

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